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Vico’s “Discovery of the True Homer”

The project of Vico’s New Science is a confusing and idiosyncratic one, but it is one for which the role of Homer and his true identity Vico takes as central.  To better present Vico’s arguments, I’ll clarify the context in which … Continue reading

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Vico on the Origin of Language

One of those questions that intellectuals in the 18th and early 19th century seem to have taken really seriously, one that perhaps we don’t, is the question of how spoken and written language began.  My sense is that most contemporary … Continue reading

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Vico Contest

Who doesn’t like a good game of “interpret-that-frontispiece”? Below is the frontispiece for The New Science, by Giambattista Vico, about which Vico writes, in the helpfully titled opening section, “EXPLANATION OF THE PICTURE PLACED AS FRONTISPIECE TO SERVE AS INTRODUCTION … Continue reading

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